There must be something about the AL East for Andrew Miller.
For the second time in a year, lefty reliever Andrew Miller is packing his bags to head to a rival team. The New York Yankees announced that they have signed Andrew Miller to a four-year, thirty six million dollar deal. It was thought that the Houston Astros had offered him a higher, 40 million dollar deal, but he chose to pitch in the Bronx.
Last season in relief for the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, he posted a 2.02 E.R.A. with 103 strikeouts. Righties hit .145 against him, and lefties hit .163 against him. He was 5-5. He truly emerged as one of the more dominant relievers in the past two years, with his strikeout strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio of 14.87 (second only to the Cincinnati Reds’ Aroldis Chapman (17.67).
As he appears to have signed on as a closer or set-up man, this will, in all likelihood, kill any possible chance of David Robertson resigning with the Yankees, as he was hoping to command a deal of this value. Miller will look to improve upon Robertson’s 39 saves last year.
After the Yankees traded for Didi Gregorious, it appears that the biggest holes for the team have been filled at shortstop and closer.
Over his nine year career, Miller has posted a 4.91 ERA with a 30-38 record, and 490 career strikeouts. Batters have hit .264 off of him.
Over his 9 seasons in the majors, he has a 4.91 ERA and a career record of